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July 3, 2015

Cherokee Nation to open hotel at $80M casino near Arkansas in fall

The 170,000 square-foot Cherokee Casino in Roland enjoyed a soft opening in May.

Tohono O'odham Nation faces state in court in new casino lawsuit

The case has been assigned to a federal judge who has already issued a slew of rulings in the tribe's favor.

Brian Pierson: Tribal labor sovereignty could land in Supreme Court

Four of the six judges in the Sixth Circuit who have examined the issue, in two different cases, have concluded that the NLRA has no jurisdiction over the tribes. The tribes have lost both cases!

Pierre Bergeron: Judges split on federal labor law at tribal casinos

Although the court has been restricting en banc review, such a flagrant disagreement between two panels certainly should attract en banc attention.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe starts work on Class II gaming facility

Tribal leaders are converting an unfinished community center into a casino and hope to open it by the end of the year.

Disputed leader of Chukchansi Tribe sentenced for clash at casino

Tex McDonald is being released after serving 242 days in jail for his role in an incident that led to the closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.

July 2, 2015

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes renovate casino resort

The KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino is seeing $4.6 million in upgrades while another facility awaits a $27 million expansion.

Cow Creek Band continues to oppose new Coquille Tribe casino

The two tribes are at odds over gaming facilities that will be located about an hour apart.

Four more tribes in New Mexico enter Class III gaming compact

Zuni Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Taos Pueblo and Isleta Pueblo signed the deal and more tribes are in talks.

Editorial: Pojoaque Pueblo gets pass on illegal gaming operation

Pojoaque rolled the dice in a bet that the federal government would not actually enforce the laws requiring Indian gambling operations to be subject to compacts with states. And won.

July 1, 2015

Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe dispute

The three judges went to great lengths to explain why they were unable to side with the tribe in an unfair labor practices complaint.

Mashantucket Tribe extends agreement for $1.7B casino debt

Revenues at the Foxwoods Resort Casino fell after the national economic recession and the tribe is facing even more competition for gaming dollars.

Pojoaque Pueblo keeps casino open after gaming deal expires

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez will closely monitor the tribe's casinos while a lawsuit plays out in federal court.

Court allows lawsuit for incident at Tonto Apache Tribe casino

Three gamblers who won large sums of money at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino claim their earnings were stolen.

Soboba Band celebrates 20th anniversary for gaming facility

The tribe is planning to move the casino to a new site now that its land-into-trust application has been finalized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Navajo Nation Council approves bill to share gaming revenue

All 110 chapters on the reservation, not just the host communities, will share in the proceeds.

June 30, 2015

Pojoaque Pueblo at critical juncture with Class III gaming deal

The compact expires at midnight tonight and Gov. Susana Martinez (R) contends the tribe's casinos will be operating illegally without a new agreement.

Editorial: Extend Class III casino compact with Seminole Tribe

It is the best way to keep a lid on the spread of gambling in the state and ensure the state will continue to receive a cut of the Seminoles’ gambling operations.

BIA releases scoping report for Coquille Tribe Class II facility

The document comes as another community seeks to participate in the review process for the $26 million Cedars at Bear Creek.

Sault Tribe protected by sovereign immunity in casino dispute

Congress did not waive tribal sovereign immunity in bankruptcy proceedings, a federal judge ruled earlier this month.

Local leaders talk Tohono O'odham Nation casino controversy

The tribe is back in court in hopes of ensuring the controversial West Valley Resort opens later this year as planned.

June 29, 2015

Rep. McCollum vows support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

The co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus is the first prominent Democrat to announce her backing for the bill.

Spokane Tribe partners with Hard Rock for off-reservation casino

The tribe is hoping to convince Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to sign off on the project.

Pechanga Band comes in first in USA Today's best casino survey

The Pechanga Resort and Casino claimed the top spot from two tribal facilities in Connecticut.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe secures grant to update casino security

The $335,000 grant comes from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota.

Connecticut tribes welcome delay in commercial casino project

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are hoping to beat Massachusetts in the New England casino race.

June 26, 2015

Seneca Nation honors boxing great Sully Huff at casino match

The late former council member started the Iroquois Boxing Club to share the sport with his fellow Senecas.

Column: Chemehuevi Tribe won't seek off-reservation casino

Chairman Charles Wood said the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act makes the process too difficult.

Little Traverse Bay Bands to spend $2.5M on new gaming site

The 5,000 square-foot casino will feature 64 slot machines and create 20 jobs.

June 25, 2015

South Dakota tribes benefit from expansion of Class III games

Voters approved authorize keno, craps and roulette by a wide margin in November 2014.

Navajo Nation leader hails action on Class III gaming compact

A notice of the new agreement was published in the Federal Register on June 22.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe extends Class III gaming deal to 2046

The tribe is embarking on a $28 million casino expansion of the Shoshone Rose Casino on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Houlton Band upset with failure of yet another tribal casino bill

Chief Brenda Commander said tribes are looking at their options in the wake of another defeat at the state capitol.

Seminole Tribe accuses state of violating Class III casino deal

The tribe will continue to make revenue sharing payments even though Chairman James Billie said the state broke its word.

June 24, 2015

Quapaw Tribe faces competition from Kansas commercial casino

The Kansas Crossing Casino will be located about 30 miles south of the tribe's Downstream Casino Resort.

Oneida Nation still working on shopping center at gaming facility

The tribe announced the 250,000 square-foot retail development last fall but additional details haven''t been revealed.

Mashantucket Tribe wins local vote for casino in Massachusetts

The tribe plans to manage the $650 million facility in New Bedford.

Little Traverse Bay Bands revive plan for second gaming facility

The tribe hopes to break ground on a 5,000 square-foot casino in September.

June 23, 2015

Former Seneca Nation gaming executive pleads in land case

Bergal Mitchell III admitted he took $338,000 from a fraudulent land purchase.

Mohegan Tribe's casino employee faces lawsuit over accident

The dispute stems from an October 2011 incident in which a limousine driven by a Mohegan Sun employee struck another vehicle.

Maine lawmakers kill bill to authorize tribally-operated casino

The Senate blocked LD 1446 on narrow voter after it cleared the House by a wide margin.

Connecticut governor signs measure for another tribal casino

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe warn of job and revenue losses unless Connecticut responds to growing competition.

Law Article: Court backs NLRB in Little River Band casino case

In a recent split decision, the Sixth Circuit held that the National Labor Relations Board possessed jurisdiction to enforce provisions of the National Labor Relations Act against the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Tohono O'odham Nation defends legality of casino in new case

The tribe is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the state from interfering with the West Valley Resort and from retaliating against vendors doing business with the tribe.

Dry Creek Rancheria still working on finances for gaming debt

The tribe defaulted on $140 million in gaming debt after another casino opened in the area.

June 22, 2015

Appropriations bill blocks federal labor law at tribal businesses

Efforts to shield tribal casinos from the National Labor Relations Act are stirring passions on Capitol Hill.

Tulalip Tribes host Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo

Agenda topics include employee recruitment and retention, facility design, online gaming and regulation of the casino industry.

Peguis First Nation seeks to move casino closer to largest city

Officials in Manitoba have resisted proposals for a Native casino in a large urban area.

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